Mark Steil

Mark Steil

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
msteil@mpr.org


Mark Steil is based in Worthington, Minn., covering major changes in the economy and society of rural Minnesota for MPR News. Steil has worked for Minnesota Public Radio since 1978. Agriculture has been a major focus of his reporting; he's covered everything from the farm crisis of the 1980s to the corporate makeover of agriculture in the 1990s. Steil has also reported on population changes in southwest Minnesota, including the aging of rural Minnesota and the growth of minority populations there over the last decade.

Mark Steil Feature Archive

Farm equipment struck a power pole.
Collisions between farm machinery and power poles seem to be on the rise in rural Minnesota. Some worry it's just a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt. (10/21/2014)
Sherco Plant
After months of complaints by farmers, grain shippers and others about lengthy railroad delays, another major industry is crying foul. (10/12/2014)
Kicking the grain feeder into place.
Farm groups complain about rail shipping delays, but some areas are much worse off than others. The longest delays are in North and South Dakota and western Minnesota. (10/05/2014)
Farmers in southern Minnesota likely will see a 30-percent decline in soybean productions because of the weekend frost. The hit to corn wasn't as bad. (09/15/2014)
Plentiful rain and mild temperatures boosted the September forecast by 2 bushels an acre, according to newly released USDA data. (09/11/2014)
Plentiful rain and mild temperatures boosted the September forecast by 2 bushels an acre, according to newly released USDA data. (09/11/2014)
Minnesota's propane suppliers have installed additional storage tanks to increase their supply. They're hoping to avert a propane shortage like the one that occurred last year. (09/09/2014)
Minnesota's farmland is worth about $100 billion, and given that land often accounts for 80 percent of a farm's assets, that value has served as an economic engine. It provides farmers the collateral they need to buy equipment and grow crops. (08/25/2014)
Farmers in Minnesota expect a down year because of June's damaging weather. The bumper crop elsewhere means corn prices won't go high enough to make a profit. (08/12/2014)
Minnesota exported agricultural products worth $7 million to Russia in 2013, but that is only about 1 percent of the state's non-manufactured exports. (08/07/2014)
The four candidates vying for the Republican nomination to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton found a receptive crowd for their message that government regulations are getting in the way of small businesses like farms. (08/05/2014)
Buying 100 acres of good farmland can cost $1 million, and that amount of land often is too little to support a family. (07/27/2014)
Statewide, damage from last month's flooding has surpassed $50 million and is still rising, Gov. Mark Dayton said. (07/16/2014)
A University of Minnesota study says a recent switch from grassland to crops in southeastern Minnesota could increase the number of household wells contaminated with nitrates. (07/10/2014)
Minnesotans are spending millions of dollars to deal with nitrate contamination in their water, and the state agriculture department says it's time to insist that farmers do more to prevent the problem. (07/07/2014)